Hollywood City, FL- A woman who told police that her 3-year-old child was inside her car when it was stolen from a Miami-Dade gas station Sunday has been charged with filing a false police report.
Antoinette Rowan, 37, was arrested Monday night after admitting that there wasn’t a child inside her 2014 Hyundai Accent after a man drove off in the car in the Goulds community, according to Miami Dade Police.
As police searched for the toddler, detectives learned that the boy was safe at home.
Rowan told police that she reported the child missing “in hopes that police would locate her vehicle faster,’’ detective Alavaro Zabaleta said.
The call originally came in as a child abduction” Zabaleta told WPLG-Ch. 10. “A car was taken with a 3-year-old child inside, and that’s something we cannot take lightly,” he said.
Rowan had originally told police that she made arrangements for the man, later identified as 32-year-old Antonio Monzon, to conduct some kind of “transaction” on Sunday night. However, Rowan told authorities Monzon took the car with the boy still in the back seat.
Rowan said she picked Monzon up at his home and stopped at a Walmart in Cutler Bay, and then the two eventually pulled up to the gas station at Southwest 220th Street and 112th Avenue.
When Rowan stepped inside, Monzon allegedly hopped in the driver’s seat and sped off. Video from the gas station’s security cameras shows Rowan running after the car as Monzon left.
Police are still searching for Monzon. He faces a charge of grand theft auto.
Rowan was jailed and later released after posting a bond of $500.